Update: Schaffhausen doesn't change his plea - yet
HUDSON - A four-hour plus motion hearing Tuesday, March 27, for accused murderer Aaron Schaffhausen ended without him changing his plea. Schaffhausen's lawyer, John Kucinski, had indicated in a letter earlier this week that his client might enter a plea of guilty by reason of insanity. His current plea from January is not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
According to St. Croix Clerk of Court Lori Meyer, the motion hearing will resume at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 28. Schaffhausen may plead guilty at that time.
Schaffhausen faces three felony counts of first-degree homicide in the July 10 deaths of his three daughters at their home in River Falls. He also faces a felony arson charge in the same case.
Meyer said there was a lot of private huddling between the defense and his client, and also the defense, prosecution and the judge during Wednesday's motion hearing that started at 8:30 a.m. and didn't end until 12:45 p.m.
Whether Schaffhausen changes his plea or not on March 28, Meyer said the case will go to trial beginning sometime on Tuesday, April 2.
Jury selection, she said, will take one to one and a half days. Right after that the trial starts. The venue is the St. Croix County Government Center.